Silicon Valley gets a patent office — but who will work there?

2 Jul

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The US Patent Office announced it’s moving operations closer to America’s innovation centers by opening new satellite offices in Dallas, Denver and San Jose, California early next year. Here’s an overview of what this means and why the new offices may face a severe staffing shortage:

So what’s so great about these new patent offices?

The new locations mean companies will no longer have to travel to Washington for proceedings like re-examinations. It also means the patent office may be able to hire more examiners to plow through the hundreds of thousands of applications that have created a multiyear backlog.

The new centers are also intended to let patent examiners gain expertise in the regions and industry they serve. In Silicon Valley, this means examiners will be computer experts and in Denver it means they will be aerospace experts, according to Bloomberg. In Detroit, site of the first satellite office…

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